A lorry carrying around 2,000 piglets has overturned in Ohio, USA, killing hundreds of animals but letting many more run free.
The accident happened on Monday evening near the city of Xenia. Officials at the scene said that the driver of the lorry was going too fast round a corner and caused the vehicle to turn over on its side.
He was unharmed, but a passenger was injured. Around 400 of the pigs were killed, but most of the others ran free, many escaping into nearby woods and sparking an extensive search to recover all of them.
However, trying to catch hundreds of scared piglets is proving a difficult task.
Assisting Xenia Twp with Accident on US 35 - 2200 piglets on board ....crews are chasing piglets all over the scene. pic.twitter.com/2JwIQaiUzv— Xenia Fire Division (@XFDPIO) June 9, 2015
Speaking to local news channel WCPO Cincinatti, Xenia Fire Chief Dean Fox said: "We'll try as hard as we can to retrieve all of them, but we probably won't retrieve them all."
Various police forces, firefighters, park wardens and even local farmers have joined in the effort to round up all the pigs, who are scattered across the rural area.
I'm told a Veterinarian is on the scene at The Greene County Fair Ground. Hundreds of baby pigs are being housed. pic.twitter.com/SnZDbrmD9n— Frankie Jupiter WXIX (@FrankieJupiter) June 9, 2015
If the pigs manage to evade their captors, they might be in for a longer life - the pigs in the truck were on their way to the bordering state of Indiana, where they were going to be raised and eventually slaughtered.
They may not manage to last that long, however. It was reported that many of the pigs are injured from the crash and may need to be put down, and it's proved difficult to find ample food and water for the surviving pigs.
Videos from the scene, however, show people with armfuls of captured pigs, handing them along a line to get them into a pen. If these pigs want to survive, they're going to have to do a better job of escaping.Reuse content